Killing Birds

1988

Horror / Mystery

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IMDb Rating 3.3

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Reviewed by Bezenby 6

It&#39;s another late-era Italian horror film! For a change, this one involves a bunch of kids in a haunted house, a setting which definitely didn&#39;t appear in House of Clocks, House of Lost Souls, Witchery, Ghosthouse or House of Witchcraft. But hold your horses there mister, because this one also chucks in a slasher storyline (for a bit), and some zombies...eventually.<br/><br/>We start out in the late sixties, where a Vietnam vet returns home to find his missus in bed with another guy, so naturally our marine goes mental and kills the two of them, then another couple (in laws?) who are just arriving with a new born baby. The marine doesn&#39;t kill the baby, however, but when he returns to his home (which has an aviary outside), some eagles get loose and tear his eyes out. Any good Italian film should start with four murders and an eye removal.<br/><br/>We see the kid getting taken into care and then fast forward to 1987, where college student/bad actor Steve has just gotten the go-ahead to go and track down a rare bird called a grey-billed woodpecker, so he gathers together his crew of expendable youngsters, but not before Lara Wendel gets involved. She works for some college newspaper (I think), and has tracked down three people who have seen this bird. She&#39;s not dubbed in this one either.<br/><br/>Lo and behold, the only witness nearby is Bill Oddie! I mean, Robert Vaughan! And he&#39;s the blind psycho guy from the start of the film. We see Robert using two revox tape recorders to monitor various bird sounds and after an awkward conversation with Steve and Lara before a lengthy montage of our group of youngsters going around recording bird song in various locals which somehow reminded me of the Hafler Trio&#39;s field recordings. Man! I forgot to mention that one of our potential victims here is played by the &quot;Muh Baybee?&quot; girl from Witchery! Remember the Hoff trying to get into her pants in that film? Well, it seems that she got the part in that film based on her performance here. That&#39;s good stuff.<br/><br/>After finding a corpse in a jeep which the film doesn&#39;t bother explaining, our group end up at an old, dilapidated house, with an old aviary outside. This being an Italian film, the house is haunted, which leads to several scenes of the house messing with people&#39;s heads before the zombies finally appear, fifty-five minutes into the film.<br/><br/>So we&#39;ve gone from slasher to haunted house and now zombie attacks, so that&#39;s all good as far as I&#39;m concerned. This is when the cast start getting picked off too, as you&#39;d imagine, with people having their heads caved in, throats ripped, getting burned and pulled through the roof via the attic just like in Anthropophagus. There&#39;s a couple of twists as usual (really far fetched ones, as usual) and although Robert Vaughn doesn&#39;t have much to do, his explanation for why anything was happening led to a good Italian head scratching ending.<br/><br/>Be warned: I probably like these films a lot more than anyone with a brain, but this is good bet if you&#39;re looking for a decent late era Italian horror full of lame fashion, prehistoric computers, a bit of gore and enough loose ends to something a something. I&#39;m not sure of Joe D&#39;Amato&#39;s involvement in this one, or how much of the film is his.<br/><br/>Man, reading the rest of the reviews, I might be the only person on Earth that enjoyed this.

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Reviewed by Coventry 2

Terribly bad acting is what annoys you here right from the start. The acting, along with the soap opera-like music, completely ruins the film before it even properly begins. I don&#39;t know by what standards the teenage protagonists were cast but they&#39;re NOT attractive and they sure don&#39;t succeed in making themselves appear believable. Killing Birds suffers a little too much from awful sound editing and low budget production values to make it worth renting. Luckily it got released as an unofficial sequel in the Zombie-series otherwise it was doomed to disappear into oblivion right after its premiere. At least now it enjoys a modest cult-reputation. Completely undeserved, because any other Zombie film contains more gore in the opening minutes than this production features throughout the whole playtime. The plot may have had some potential (the great Alfred Hitchcock already knew birds had something eerie forty years ago) but you&#39;re simply not interested due to the annoying characters and the tensionless surrounding. One to avoid at all costs.

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Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 3

In Louisiana, a soldier returning from Vietnam finds his wife in bed with her lover and he kills him, her and a couple of friends, but he is attacked by a bird and he loses his eyes. Years later, the bodies have not been found and the former soldier is the specialist in birds Dr. Fred Brown (Robert Vaughn), living in a house nearby the swamp. When a group of college students is assigned for a research of a woodpecker near extinction, they head to Dr. Brown&#39;s house to get some tips of how to find the rare bird. Then they drive through the swamp where they find the house where the murders happen and they decide to stay there. During the night, weird things happen and they are attacked by the victims of Dr. Brown.<br/><br/>&quot;Zombie 5 ? Killing Birds&quot; is a stupid, gore and messy collection of clichés. The acting is terrible and histrionic; the screenplay is imbecile with mistakes in the continuity; the soundtrack is annoying and inappropriate for a horror movie; and the sets are very poor. Indeed it is an awful end of career of Robert Vaughn. My vote is three.<br/><br/>Title (Brazil): Not Available

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